ITV will broadcast live and exclusive coverage of England’s Third Place Play-off match in 2018 FIFA World Cup against Belgium on Saturday, 14 July.
The defeated semi-finalists do battle for the second time in the tournament, this time in the bronze medal match at Saint Petersburg Stadium, kicking off at 3pm.
Neither team will be satisfied with their participation in this fixture, having come so close to playing in football’s showpiece occasion, but they will still want to sign off with a victory.
Belgium were edged out by France in the opening semi-final, with Samuel Umtiti’s second-half header proving the difference for Didier Deschamps’ men.
England went ahead in their match with Croatia on Wednesday thanks to Kieran Trippier’s early free-kick, but Ivan Perisic equalised in the second half before Mario Mandzukic fired home the winner in extra time.
These sides have already played each other in this tournament, with both managers resting key players in what was something of a dead rubber in the group stages. Former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj scored the winner for the Red Devils on that occasion in Kaliningrad.
Mark Pougatch presents ITV’s live coverage of the Third Place Play-off, starting at 2.30pm ahead of a 3pm kick-off, alongside studio guests Gary Neville, Roy Keane, Lee Dixon and Ian Wright, while match commentary comes from Sam Matterface and Glenn Hoddle, with pitchside reports from Gabriel Clarke and Jacqui Oatley.
Highlights of the bronze medal match will be shown in the evening on BBC One at 10.20pm, presented by Mark Chapman with commentary from Steve Wilson and Danny Murphy.
In the previous rounds, ITV screened England’s penalty shootout win over Colombia in the Round of 16, watched by an audience of over 24 million, whilst the BBC had exclusive coverage of the quarter-final against Sweden, which was seen by more than 20 million viewers.
ITV broadcast exclusive live coverage of England’s semi-final against Croatia, which peaked with 26.6m viewers and an 84% viewing share, while the average viewing audience of 24.3 million is the highest audience for a football match broadcast on a single channel in UK television history.
The match also had 4.3 million simulcast requests on ITV Hub – a new record, the Hub’s biggest ever number for live programming.
The bronze medal match will not attract those sorts of figures but the nation will be watching to see if England can put their semi-final disappointment behind them and sign off their heart-capturing World Cup journey with a win.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia will be staged at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, 15 July will be broadcast live on both BBC One and ITV, kicking off at 4.00pm.
Visit Sport On The Box’s dedicated World Cup page for a full rundown of both channel’s comprehensive coverage of the tournament.
SATURDAY 14th JULY
BELGIUM v ENGLAND
SUNDAY 15th JULY
FRANCE v CROATIA